Hi, I just joined and thought I would introduce myself. I am 45, mom to 2 kids ages 10 and 12, and have been suffering from hypochondria over the last few years...it has been growing worse lately and I am to the point where it is a daily thing. The thing that freaks me out most is cancer. My grandmother died of colon cancer at the age of 83 when I was in college and it has been a source of anxiety to me ever since. Unfortunately, although I have a really great doctor, I get extremely nervous and anxious whenever I have to undergo a physical exam as I always think the doctors will discover something terrible. I have forced myself to go for physicals, paps and mammograms since turning 40 and have always been told that I am fine, but I am very good at finding new things to worry about. At my last physical in June, the subject of my grandmother came up, and he recommended that I get a colonoscopy. I have a number to call to schedule an appointment but the thought just terrifies me.
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